Pile Burning Planned December 2nd – 6th in the Prescott Basin

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely, 928-443-8130

PRESCOTT, AZ, November 29, 2019 - Fire Managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to continue taking advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture level and forecasted weather to continue burning piles at various locations in the Prescott Basin Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 6th.  Pile burning helps to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. 

Fire mangers plan to burn approximately 560 acres of piles located along Senator Highway from Goldwater Lake south to Wolf Creek.  In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.  

The purpose of this project is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities.  Reducing hazardous fuels will help reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and communities.  Burning of debris left over from brush-crush and thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning.  

All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

Messages will be posted to social media when managed fires are ignited on the Prescott National Forest:


 The public can obtain additional information via the following:

  • Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
  • Twitter:  @PrescottNF
  • Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/
  • Fire Information:  (928) 925-1111
  • Local Ranger Station:  Bradshaw RD (928) 443-8000